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Pharmaceuticals for Human Use: Options of Action for

Reducing the Contamination of Water Bodies — A Practical Guide

Pharmaceuticals are in many cases an indispensable element of a comfortable and healthy life. Nevertheless, there is also a downside to the extensive use of medicinal products: their impact on the environment. Since the early 1990s, research findings have confirmed the occurrence of a wide range of human and veterinary active pharmaceutical ingredients in surface waters, in groundwater, and occasionally even in drinking water. Moreover, an increasing volume of data shows that specific substances can also trigger negative effects in animals and plants.

It remains scientifically uncertain which risks to humans and the environment actually exist. It must be expected, however, that the problem will be aggravated in coming years, since the demographic development in Germany and in Europe towards increasingly aging societies will bring with it an increase in consumption of medicinal products. Precautionary action is therefore more and more indicated. Long-lasting strengthening of drinking water protection should receive particular attention in this respect. From a sustainability perspective this means already reducing contamination exposure of water bodies. This is the only way that the drinking water sources can be conserved also for the benefit of future generations and at the same time environmental risks be minimised.

Systematic studies on corresponding options of action are, however, so far largely lacking. The start brochure "Pharmaceuticals for Human Use: Options of Action for Reducing the Contamination of Water Bodies" presents a premier practical study that should contribute to filling this gap as regards pharmaceuticals for human use. It addresses to decision-makers in politics, administration, companies, and organisations.

 

         

        

 

 

Pharmaceuticals for Human Use:

Options of Action for Reducing the

Contamination of Water Bodies.

 A Practical Guide

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